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Does breathing effect my endurance while skating?

Breathing correctly can have a direct impact on endurance. Oxygen is needed to supply working muscles. Inadequate oxygen supply to muscles can create fatigue or a feeling of stiffness in muscles. Improper breathing can also affect posture especially around the spine, neck, and rib cage which can cause joint restrictions. Correct breathing is very important to prevent fatigue, to allow muscles and joints to work properly, and to increase overall endurance. It is typical to exhibit short and shallow breaths when nervous. Skaters may experience this while practicing jumps, or when performing or competing. It is advisable to practice proper breathing techniques on a regular basis so it becomes habit. A certified yoga instructor or trainer can help with instruction in breathing techniques.

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